Librarians Are an Essential Component in Accomplishing Learning Goals: with Monica Cruz

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Texas librarian Monica Cruz who has worked 4 years in an elementary library and more recently 4 years as a middle school library. Click here to listen to her interview now.

Here are some Librarian Influencer strategies Monica shared for early-career librarians:

  • Find someone on campus to connect with.

  • Don’t be afraid to be different.

  • Be confident in yourself and your teaching.

  • Moving from one grade level to the next from hour to hour is an adjustment.

  • She wants to have a technology class for parents, teachers, and administrators! She would teach them things using Google Meet, answer their questions, and even start a blog answering common questions.

  • Technology is a large part of what she does as a librarian. She teaches students about their email accounts and loves using Google forms.

  • In her district all of the librarians are technology leaders. They are a good support system for each other.

  • Reach out to learning networks for help.She connects with Google learning groups and contacts on Twitter.

This is what Monica is doing this summer:

  • She is studying to get Google certified this summer and was so thankful she was already familiar enough to help her teachers get started in Google classroom during COVID 19.

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